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mankind. In that case she must of ne is the eye of such a one man or wo cessity sue for a divorce, or make bim man, mentioning their names.' After faithfully promise future obedience and that, put a piece of cotton and an egg readiness to devote himself wholly to upen the brick, then set fire to the cother will and pleasure. If a divorce is ton, and place the brick on the road. denied, she must then pray devoutly to In returning home be careful not to be unburthened of her husband, and look back. Kulsum Naneh says, this that she may soon become a widow.- is an excellent preservative against the By artifice and maneuvering, the evil eye. Again, the claws of the tiger spouse may thus be at length induced and the wolf are also of great power in to say, 'Do love, whatever you please, destroying the pernicious influence of for I am your dutiful slave.”

enchanters. Some of these amulets “With respect to marriage and bride- are bound round the temples, and others hood, and whatever depends upon over the shoulders, and some again them, it is proper, when a woman is near the heart. With regard to fortune. engaged, that all conjugal arrangements telling, a variety of stories are related. should be completed at once. They Take. hot from the oven, a loaf that is present a lighted candle before 'her joined to another, and throw them both face, and place the Koran near her, and at the head of the girl whose fortune a'mirror, and also a tray with amber- is to be cold. If they do not separate gris-tapers, different kinds of perfume, she will soon be married. Take some some arzen and dried dates, called bride-millet seed, called arzen arusi, kyani morad, and cress-seed, aspund, and when the bride is entering the briand other articles required by ancient dal chamber, throw them backwards usage. And it is proper also, that a after her, pronouncing her name, and person should stand at the head of the by connting the seeds that fall, her fabride, and pronounce the Khotbeh of tore fortune may be ascertained. Upon Hazrat Adam ; and they should also first seeing the new moon, a girl should throw over the head of the bride a sort look at a crow, that her destiny may be of veil of a green colour, so that her known; if the girl's eyes and the crow's whole person may be enveloped in its eyes meet each other at the same mofolds. The bride herself must not ment, the omen is propitious. If the speak to any one. She must then be palm of the hand itches, rub it on the undressed, even her gauze chemise head of a boy whose father and mother taken off, and whilst thus bid from are still living, and a present of money view, a large brass basin must be turn will be the consequence.

If a dog ed upside down, and a lighted lamp put catches a fly, take and wrap it


in under it, fed with oil made of ox-fat-- the corner of a handkerchief, and unUpon this basin they must place a sad- doubtedly some good will ensue. dle, if they have one, and then a pillow, Atkinson's Customs, &c. of Persian Women. on which the bride is seated, the attendants singing aloud :

A POETASTER TO AN EDITOR. The husband is saddled, the journey begun, Aud the beautiful bride her own race has to

Whether my sense grows dull, or taste

Is changed, I cannot see; “ If a girl is of a timid disposition, But this I know, my brains are waste place a frying pan at the street door,

If thus blown out by thee. and put fire into it to make it hot. Thou say'st my verse a chance must run:

of what? I well may guess : The mother and daughter must then

A vaporous wreath, betwixt the tun, stand on one side of the frying pan, To make thee burden-less. close to each other, and every time they

Is this my guerdon ? this my lot? change hands, they must scatter a little Is this my way to Fame ? salt and water into it. They must then That I, to light thy mental pot,

Committed am to fame, look steadfastly upon the frying-pan, and particularly upon the spot where the salt and water were thrown, and,

ELECTIONEERING. wonderful to relate, the image of the beast or animal which is the secret Strange that such diff'rence should exist

By unforeseen control; cause of fear, will be seen! Again, on

'Twixt he that gets and he that's miss'd a Sunday night, take an unburnt brick, The numbers on poll. and pour some oil upon it, drop by drop, and with a knife scrape up wher INSTEAD of our tables having groaned ever the oil has fallen, and say, "This under the weight of new crayons, new


For the Olio.



songs, new vols, and new year's gifts, and trust for your future support."we have been pressed into the service Hem !" And you shall have it !of electioneering. What a beap of When shall the Olio be chaired?' waste paper now rises up into our “ Gentlemen, we are now already in presence ! - promises, pledges, and our chair writing, and like modest perpains-taking, have, like a stormy at- sons, candidates for popular favour, are mosphere, subsided into comparative not really aware that we have been adcalm--the due performance remains. dressing ourselves. Highly flattered by We have gone to the “ poll." We your suffrages, may we not forget our have done our dut Our voices are being elected! But, seriously withal, hoarse with stentorian exertion. The it is a most singular custom that the booths have been filled, but not with popular cause at the Hastings is gofairings. The serviles of the mob have verned by clamour, just as the cause of gone through the radical exercise, but the Drama is ruled by the assumed are not satisfied with their superior censors of Olympus in the one shilling officers; who, in all honourable men- gallery." tion, descended to their level, and once in the way to answer the purposes of If such scenes are represented--such the occasion, called them gentle. professions made -suich unities re. men !”. With a very suitable piece of solved into practice in London and the sophistry, they appealed to their “good environs-il follows that in other parts sense ; and seemingly inclined to ofthe united kingdom similar influences submit to the “ Roman mob law” of are used. But, we are persuaded, the staves and bludgeons, they heard them more widely knowledge is diffused, the selves deliver orations within their im- greater integrity will prevail; the more mediate space, made their bows in de- the mind is cultivated, the better its fiance, or complaisancy, and are now fruits will flourish; and the closer the either the victors of the “ proudest type poll is registered, the less danger day” in their lives, or retired into se there will be of the decline of literature clusion to bite their nails, count the and universal philanthropy. That we cost, and trust to better fortune in fu- may all make our « calling and electore.

tion sure,” is the friendly and titheable Who is there of us that has not been desire of the

OLIO.? jostled and pulled by the button for

vote and interest" during the past ASSASSINATION AND LAST MOweek? And is not the Borough of the MENTS OF THE DUC DE BERRY. Olio represented by an independent spirit? Has any point, pledged in the · The Literary Gazette, from which volumes bitherlo printed, not been ful we copy the following account, says:--filled to the very letter ? But why At a period when the fate of the Duchess should we apply self-adulation to the of Berry involves not only a story of retrospective? Are we not now the strong personal interest, but a question prospective and successfully elected of inuch national importance, we trust members of that literary, pictorial and that the following narrative, for which scientific, parliament, constituted to we are indebted to a friend, will be acgive the Republic of Letters, enfran- ceptable to our readers. chised for all periods, accounts of our * The Duc de Berry, last prince of proceedings in our hebdomadal session! the house of Bourbon in the direct line,

You are? you are?"_“Yes, gen- was, like the first king of the race, the tlemen ; and rely on it we are equally victim of an assassin's blow. On Sundisinterested with the greater portion day, the 13th of Feb. 1820, the Duke of our contemporaries.” Hear! and the Duchess de Berry went to the hear !"_" But, gentlemen, lest we tire opera, to partake in the amusements your patience" " No, no; go customary during the season of the car

By fine peroration and cli- nival. Between the acts of the first max, antithesis, and classic allusion, piece they went from their own box to we hasten to the most einphatic and sa that of the Duc d'Orleans, where his tisfactory conclusion, by directing you good-humoured laughter, and caresses to the real state of the poll.Should of the young Duc de Chartres, attracted our enemies demand a scrutiny, still from the audience their repeated notice we are certain of the result.”—* To be and applause. In returning to her box, sure you are : so you ought to be.". the duchess slightly hurt herself by the “ Well, gentlemen—we thank you for opening of a door, at the moment of the past, rely on you for the present, passing ; and feeling fatigued, she ex


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pressed a wish to retire, at about twenty in your arms." Fainmess succeeded. minutes before eleven. The Duc de The young princess threw herself on her Berry accompanied ber to the carriage, husband's bosom, and in a moment her intending to return into the theatre. splendid attire was steeped in his blood. The duchess's carriage had drawn up. Meantime the assassin had been taken, to the door, the soldiers on guard were and with difficulty saved from the sum-'! within the lobby, the prince having long mary vengeance sought by the soldiers. waved the etiquette of their attendance When lodged in the guard-house, he' under arms; one man remained at the was searched, and another poniard door as a 'sentinel ; and while present-? found on him, together will the sheath ing arms to their royal highipesses, his of the one he had left in the bosom of back was turned to the street, as was his prince. The most imřediate surs that of the Comte de Choiseul; an aide- gical assistance

that could be obtained de-camp 'in waiting. The Comte de was that of Drs.Blancheton and Drojard, Mesnard, senior equerry to the duchess, who found the wounded prince removed conducted her to the carriage on the to the ante-room of his box in the theatre. left, while the duke was on her right. On regaining liis senses, his first inThe Comte de Clermont Loďeve (gentle quiry was, whether the guilty man man in waiting) was in attendance, to was a foreigner ! and on being answered retarn to the theatre with the prince in the negative, the son of France obe At this moment, a man, coming from served, it was cruel to him to die by the Rue de Richelieu, hastily passed the hand of a Frenchmat! The between the sentinel and a servant who duchess earnestly inquired of the sur! was putting up the step

of the carriage : geons what was their opinion, proinista pushing him aside, he threw himself on ing to support it with brinness ; and The duke, at the instant when, turning they tried to encourage some hope, from from the carriage to re-enter the theatre, the circumstance of his not having bled he said, Adieo! we shall meet by and at the moath, After cleansing the wound by. The assassin, leaning his left from the clotted blood, they proceeded to hand on the left shoulder of the royal bleed him in the right armn. The sufferer victim, stabbed him with his right hand rallied såfficiently to say to the two me in the right side, a little below the dical men, that he was truly sensibles breast. Thrown back by the blow on of their kind efforts ; but that they were the Comte de Mesnard, the duke pressed useless as he was beyond cure." M. his hand to the spot, exclaiming, 1am Blancheton souglit to persuade his royal assassinated; this man has killed me;" highness that the wound was not deep: and raising his voice, I am murdered! I do not deceive myself," he replies; I am murdered! I hold the poniard !"*" the poinard was buried to tlie hilti At the first exclamation of the prince, say so positively." The duchessé tore* the Comtes de Clermont and de Choi- off her sash, to serve as a bandage: Slie seul, the secretary, the servant, and alone preserved her 'présence of mind in several other persons, pursued the ase these dreadful monents, and evinced a sassin, who had fled by the Rue de Ri-' character greatly above the common chelieu. The duchess, whose carriage The 'prince, whose sight became more had not yet driven off, heard her hus- feeble, said," from time to time, Mys band's voice, and tried to throw herself wife are there ? Yes! Yeon

viping her tears, detain her, and scarcely waiting till the tam here, and will never quit you. step could be let down. Leave me! 1* One of the professional men, who had command you

to let me pass" she at the earliest intelligence fówn to offer franticly cried. The wounded prince his aid, and who was particularly at? made an effort to beg her not to come. tached to the Duc de Berry, was desirous Followed by Comtesse Bethizy (the of sucking the wound, till the instrulady in waiting), she flew to him at the ments for cupping could be got. My monjent he had withdrawn the knife dear Bourgon, observed the royal pafrom his bosom, and given it to the tient, what would you do, my friend? Comte de Mesnard, his friend in exile. my wound is mortal, and probably poi. He was then seated on a bench in the soned !' lobby, his head leaning against the “ The Doc de Berry had most anxwall, and his clothes were opened to iously requested the attendance of a examine the wound: it was bleeding minister of the church, and the Bishop profusely. The prince then repeated, of Chartres soon arriving, found him

I am dying !- let a priest be sent supported in an arm-chair, surrounded for. Come, my wife ! that I may expire by the surgeons, and in full possession


of his senses. The wounded prince celebrated Mons Dupuytren arrived at
held out his hand to this respected prear one o'clock. He found the prince lying
late; and uttering every sentiment of on his right side. His paleness, his
faith, r resignation, and repentance, altered features, his short breathing,
prayed for the consolation of his sup- the groans which escaped from his
port. The bishop exhorted him to rely bosom, the cold sweat which hung on
on the goodness of his Creator, and his brow, his convulsive movements,
bestowed a general absolution, accord the disorder of his blood-stained bed,
ing to the forms of the Catholic church, and above all, the horrid wound
till such time as the penitent could make posed, struck consternation into the
a more detailed confession. The Comte mind of a man whose duty, however,
de Mesnard, still flattering himself that called him daily to scenes of mental suf-
the wound was not mortal,

had gone for, fering. The prince informed M. Dupuya. the Duc d'Angouleme, who had retired tren, extending his hand to him, that he to bed, but hastily dressing himself, flew suffered great pain; when, after exam to the scene of suffering, where the meets mining the wound, and some convering between the two brothers was af- sation with the practitioners previously, fecting beyond description. They min. in attendance, it was decided to enlarge gled their tears for expression was de- it, as the only means of giving vent to nied them. It was then decided to regi the blood collected on the lungs. M. move the Duc de Berry to an adjoining Dupuytren, approached the prince, and room, where he was laid on a couche questioned him as to his feelings, but forined by four chairs, till a camp bed, not obtaining any reply, he requested. stead could be prepared. The Duc the Duchesse de Berry to repeat the in, d'Angouleme, fearful of some new cala, quiry. I entreat you, to say, or point mity, had not allowed the duchess to ach out to me the spot where you suffer conpany him on leaving the Tuileries; most pain. When recalled by a voice but madame did not delay to follow him. so dear, he took his wife's hand and What were perils to her? Has she ever placed it on his breast, making an effort shrunk from the endurance of sorrow to express that he was suffocating. or adversity? To her scenes of woe were Monsieur was desirous that his daughterfamiliar. It was not the first time that in-law should withdraw during the opethe daughter of Louis XVI. and Marie, ration: My father, she said, do not Antoinette had tended on a dying bro-, force me to disobey you!' and, turning ther! The Comte d'Artois (afterwards to the professional men, Gentlemen, Charles X.) soon followed ; and those she added, do your duty! She knelt only who know the kind paternal heart by the bed-side during the operation, of this afflicted father can judge of his holding the prince's left hand. When sufferings. Monsieur had insisted on the caustic was applied, the Duc de coming unattended ; and he knew not Berry exclaimed, leave me to die, that one of his best servants, the Duc

de since it must be so.' My beloved, Maille, had, in order to follow him, ben said his weeping wife, 'endure this for stowed honour on a place the least con- my sake.' One word from this young sidered. The Duc de Berry expressed and amiable princess softened his agoa wish to give his blessing to made nies, and he became all resignation to moiselle (the princess, his daughter). the will of God. When this painful She was brought to him by the Comtesse operation was over, the Duc de Berry, de Gontaut, when the prince, placing passing his hand over the duchess's his nerveless hand on his child, 'Poor hair, said, 'My poor wife, how unhappy girl," said the dying father, may you, you are! The depth of the wound was be less unhappy than others of my now ascertained. The knife with which family. The Duc (present King of the it had been inflicted was six or seven Frerch) and Duchesse and Made inches long, the blade flat, narrow, and moiselle d'Orleans, with whom he had with two edges, like that of Ravaillac, been at the theatre, were added to the and extremely sharp. sorrowing party, which was also joined “A few moments of tranquillity folby the father of the Duc d'Enghein (late lowed the painful operation alluded to. Duc de Bourbon). Bleeding of the To the dying is generally granted a short feet was tried ineffectually; but, after cessation from suffering, which affords repeated application of the cups, some time for a rapid glance at the past; like relief was obtained ; the pulse became the traveller who rests for a moment on stronger, the complexion reanimated, the summit he has laboured to ascend, the blood flowed freely. The anxious before be turns his footsteps down the group rejoiced to see blood flow! The opposite side of the mountain. The

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prince placed his hand in that of M. sisting in his entreaty, 'pardon for this Dupuytren, and begged that he would man, that I may die in peace !' then, give him notice of any change in his after a short interval, “This, man's parpulse : thus placing at the post of life don would, however, have softened my a sentinel too vigilant to permit of his last moinents ;' and, while his accents being surprised by death. Mors, ubi became imperfect by the near approachi est victoria tua? During this respite of death, he still murmured, "At least from pain, he addressed these words to let me carry with me the hope that a felthe Duchess de Berry: 'My dear love, low-creature's blood will not be shed do not let grief overpower you; take for me after my death!'. The king incare of yourself, for the sake of the in- quired, in Latin, of M. Dupuytren, his fant you carry in your bosom.' This opinion of the prince. His reply was declaration afforded the truest satisfac- a gesture that left no hope to his, ma. tion to all present, while the regrets jesty. Still, there was a return of some for that prince were rendered even strength, and momentary relief from the more bitter ; who, at the moment he excitement of the meeting with the was, to all appearance, putting an end king; and the Duc de Berry signified by his death to the existing monarchy, his uneasiness that his rest should have thus considerately announced its revi- been disturbed, begging him to return val. Wherever the Duc de Berry turn to his bed; but his Majesty replied, ed his closing eyes, it was to evince My night is over, my son; it is now some kind and grateful feeling. He five o'clock, and I shall not quit you.' was surrounded by weeping servants. Day, in fact, then dawned on the ex

My father,' he exclaimed, 'take piring martyr-about to awake amidst charge of these good people-of all my angels, at a moment when he was achousehold.' Violent retchings follow- customed on earth to shake off the bonds ed. The prince continued to assert of sleep. Feeling his end drawing that the poniard was poisoned. He near, It is now over!' he said, and had previously requested to see his added, on hearing a burst of sorrow assassin: 'What have done to this from the princess, "Take her bence, man ?' he said ; ‘I may have offended my father ; her sobs distract me!' Her him unintentionally.? No, my son,' royal highness was borne forcibly from replied monsieur, you never the room to one adjoining ; but on pronever offended this man; he could mising to be more calm, she was sufferhave no personal enmity against you.' ed to return to that in which her dying He is then a madman,' observed the husband was. Every shadow of hope duke. He was most anxious for the had fled, and the most alarming symparrival of the king (Louis IXVIII.): I toins had appeared. The Duc de Berry shall not have time,' he said, 'to ask desired to be turned on the other side. for this man's pardon;' and then add- The medical men opposed this, but ed, promise me, my father, promise the royal patient insisted.

He wa me, my brother, that you will solicit heard to murmur Holy Virgin. have his pardon from the king.'

mercy on me!' These were his last

words. He was turned on his left side, “ Three bulletins had been dispatch- as he wished." In an instant every faed to the palace of the Tuileries. At culty had fled. When removed from five o'clock, A.M., the king arrived. the sight of her husband, the duchess The true statement of the prince's dan« lost all self-command, and gave herself ger had not been nade to him. The up to the most frightful despair. To dying man, hearing the noise of the the Comtesse de Gontant she cried, horses in the street, seemed to rally; "Madame, I contide my daughter to you ; and on the king's entrance, rousing my husband is dead, and I also will himself as for the purpose-- Give me die!' And then, breaking from those your hand, my uncle,' he said, that I who would have prevented her, she may kiss it for the last time.' The king flew back to the chamber of death, and, approached, overwhelmed by his grief, overthrowing every thing that stopped and embraced his nephew ; when the her progress, she flung herself, screamDuc de Berry earnestly exclaimed: ing, on the body of her husband. The

Grant me, my uncle, the life of 'he Duc de Berry had just expired! In man!' 'You are not so ill as you vain the glass of the king's snuff-box imagine,' answered the king, deeply was place on his lips--the breath of affected; we will speak of this ano- life was extinct! it had returned to ther time.' "The king does not say God! Every one present fell upon his yes,' observed the prince, still per- knees; united in tears and prayer,



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